The German Business Association in Vietnam

GIC/AHK Vietnam & GBA Newsletter in April 2017

Deutschlandfest 2017


Survey: AHK World Business Outlook Index 2017

This 3-minute-survey is aimed to assess global economic developments and the business development of German companies in Vietnam. To shape policy and inform the public, we would like to ask you – German companies in Vietnam- to participate in this survey until May 10th, 2017. The Survey is accessible via the following link:

New Board Member of the German Business Association

At the board meeting on 17.04.2017, the GBA Board has accepted in compliance with Paragraph 9.6 of its statutes unanimously the GBA Board Member candidacy of Thomas Debelic, Chief Representative in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos of COMMERZBANK AG Representative Office to become a GBA Board Member effective 17.04.2017.

We warmly welcome Thomas to the GBA Board and are convinced that he will contribute strongly to the GBA Board and our entire GBA member community. Click HERE to view his candidacy-application and profile.

GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam 2017 - Sponsorship Opportunities available now!

We are proud to announce the 25th anniversary of our GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam!

This year, we will celebrate the Oktoberfest in Ho Chi Minh City at Hotel Nikko Saigon - Nikko Garden for 03 days, Thursday through Saturday, 21.09- 23.09.2017, as the same time as the original Oktoberfest in Munich.

The Oktoberfest in Hanoi will be celebrated at the JW Marriott Hotel two weeks later for 03 days, Thursday through Saturday, 05.10. - 07.10.2017.

The German Business Association (GBA) and the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam (GIC/AHK) host and celebrate the event under the patronage of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hanoi and the German Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

For detailed information on the benefits provided through our sponsorship packages, please download at the following link: GBA Oktoberfest Vietnam 2017 - Sponsorship Package

We offer the early-bird discount for all payment made before 30th of June 2017. The Oktoberfest Vietnam 2017 sponsorships are distributed on a “first come first served” basis. Ticket sales will start later this year and will be announced in a separate mailing. Stay tuned!

If you are interested in sponsoring the Oktoberfest Vietnam 2017, please contact Ms. Mai Anh at or 0903 720 788.

Responses from Government to recommendations/issues raised at Annual Vietnam Business Forum (VBF) 2016

Following up on the Annual Vietnam Business Forum 2016 held in 5th December 2016 at the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel, the Official Documents from the Government providing responses to recommendations/issues raised at the Forum are provided for your information as below:

1. Official Document No. 2576/BNN-QLDN from Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development -- VIET

2.Official Document No. 18050/BTC-CST from Ministry of Finance--  ENG | VIET

3. Official Document No. 1529/BCT-KH from Ministry of Industry & Trade-- VIET

4. Official Document No. 687/BKHCN-DTG from Ministry of Science & Technology-- VIET

5. Official Document No. 1103/BGDDT-VP from Ministry of Education & Training-- VIET

6. Official Document No. 1039/BVHTTDL-KHTC from Ministry of Culture, Sports, & Tourism-- VIET

7. Official Document No. 386/BXD-QLN from Ministry of Construction-- VIET

Please be kindly noted that:

  • Summary of Responses is enclosed HERE for your convenience.
  • Due to the high workload for translation, only Document No. 18050/BTC-CST from Ministry of Finance is now available in English. We will keep you updated on the English version of other Documents later.



Matchmaking Events in Germany

These events aim at managing directors and sales manager of small to medium sized businesses looking for investment and business opportunities in Vietnam as well as market information.  It is a great opportunity to meet AHK Vietnam experts in Germany to have individual meetings and discuss on Vietnam!

24.04.2017 - - 28.04.2017

Hannover Messe



Vietnam Event



NachtreffenDelegationsreise BW



Hessischer Aussenwirtschaftstag



Beratungstag, mit Indonesien/Philippinen


22.06.2017 - - 23.06.2017

Inhouse Beratung


More details on event calendar in Germany please find here  >>>


Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City, 08.05 - 12.05.2017: GTAI Business Delegation

German Trade & Invest (GTAI) in cooperation with GIC/AHK Vietnam will organize a business delegation to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, that composes of representatives of German companies. 

The agenda will include promotional business-to-business activities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, such as: briefing on the current situation of Vietnam markets and investment conditions, B2B Meetings,  seminars on the local market conditions and meetings with investors here.

More on registration and information please find here >>>

Ho Chi Minh City, 25.09 - 29.09.2017: AHK Business Delegation Photovoltaics

Being part of the project “energy solutions – Made in Germany” initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), a German business delegation in the photovoltaics sector organzied by GIC/AHK Vietnam will meet the Vietnamese partners, have chances to learn about the legal framework and requirements concerning solar energy in Vietnam as well as give insights and testimonials about their German products and services for the solar energy sector.

A conference on this topic will be held in Ho Chi Minh City on 25th September 2017 and we are delighted to invite you to join us on that day. More details on registration and programm please contact us (Mr. Dung, or click here >>>

Ho Chi Minh City, 30.05.2017 : Career Day

German Department of University of Social Sciences & Humanities HCMC (USSH) will organize the 9th Career Day on Tuesday, 30th May 2017 at the university campus (10 – 12 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, District 1, HCMC). Participants are their German-speaking students and graduates that are now seeking for a job at German companies in Vietnam.



First generation of Bosch apprentices graduates – with the GIC/AHK Vietnam certificates – DIHK Germany standard. 

After 3.5 years, the first 17 graduates of the Bosch Training Center (TGA) received their German and Vietnamese certificates for the successful completion of the dual vocational training program in industrial mechanics from GIC/AHK Vietnam, LILAMA2 International Technology College and Bosch Vietnam Co., Ltd.

The dual vocational training program in industrial mechanics fulfills the criteria of the quality category A, the highest quality category of the German DIHK for dual vocational training outside Germany. During this program, apprentices learn the theory at LILAMA2 and have practical training in Bosch TGA as well as in the Bosch production factory. The apprentices had to pass two examinations, the examination part 1 after 18 months of training, the final examination part 2 after 3,5 years. The examinations are organized according to the German DIHK standards, based on official examination questions from Germany and certified by DIHK/AHK Vietnam. 

Bosch TGA is one of the first partnerships under the dual-vocation training framework of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Vietnam (GIC/AHK Vietnam) (with the DIHK Germany standard).

16 graduates got offered employment contracts by Bosch Vietnam Co., Ltd. right after their graduation. At the moment, Bosch Vietnam Co., Ltd. has 81 apprentices in the two dual vocational training programs in industrial mechanics and mechatronics. The qualification of the first graduates, the current number of the apprentices as well as the increasing number of applicants for our next dual vocational training courses show the success of this dual vocational training model with German DIHK standards in Vietnam. The dual training program model supports companies to train qualified employees and young talents and ensure sustainability of the Vietnamese labor market. More on our dual vocational training project please find here >>>


Shenzhen: 04 – 06.05.2017: Consumer Electronics China (CE China)

CE China, a global IFA event, is designed to be China's premier trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances brands in China. The show is a platform that unites international exhibitors with Chinese retailers who is keen to bring new products to their customers.

By participating in CE China, exhibitors have the opportunity to place their products in front of valuable channel partners that can help grow sales in China as well as the rest of Asia. Not simply a technology or export fair, CE China has a strong focus on the needs of international brands, products and customers. For trade visitors, CE China would be the place where you could meet your potential partners with high qualified products such as Siemens, Bosch, Redmond, etc.

More on CE China please find HERE >>> or contact us via Email (

Duesseldorf: 04-10.05.2017: interpack 2017

interpack 2017 is recording the highest demand among exhibitors in its history of over 55 years. By the official closing date of this outstanding international event for the packaging industry and related processing industries, exhibitors had booked about 20 per cent more space than was available at the exhibition centre with its 262,400 square metres in 19 halls. Around 2,700 exhibitors can therefore be expected again from 4 to 10 May 2017, coming from about 60 different countries.

It is our pleasure to support 10 Vietnamese companies in the packaging industry to present their products here with the total surface of 170 sqm. Vietnam Plastic Association will be the organizer of Vietnam national pavilion this year. More information on interpack please contact us (


Investitionsgarantien des Bundes - Jahresbericht 2016

Das BMWi hat seinen Jahresbericht zu den Investitionsgarantien des Bundes 2016 veröffentlicht. Im Jahr 2016 hat der Bund Deckungen in Höhe von EUR 4,3 Mrd. für 72 Projekte in 22 Ländern übernommen. Wesentliche Anlageländer waren Russland, gefolgt von China, Indien, der Türkei sowie Indonesien. Aber auch Investitionen in Iran, Honduras und Marokko hat der Bund abgesichert.

Der Jahresbericht 2016 ist als PDF und ePaper abrufbar unter Unter diesem Link werden in einem kurzen Film auch die Kernaussagen des Jahresberichts 2016 präsentiert. Weitere Informationen (z.B. zu den Richtlinien oder zum Antragsverfahren) finden Sie unter


HCMC: 25.04.2017: German Meat Delegation - Reception and Networking

German Industry and Commerce Vietnam (GIC/AHK) in collaboration with German Meat, the joint export promotion organisation of the German meat industry organized a networking event on 25 April at Reverie Saigon Hotel. The event would bring great opportunities for bilateral partners in developing future relationships, creating business contacts and meeting potential with representatives of leading meat producers.

At the event, representative of German Meat GmbH provided latest updates on German meat industry: meat production and export. Marko Walde, Chief Representative of GIC/AHK Vietnam & Chairman of GBA Vietnam had confirmed the potential of Vietnamese market for the German companies in this sector on his welcome speech. Andreas Campioni, Duc Viet Foods presented meat market in Vietnam; conditions to cooperate successfully; significant needs and regulations. 


HCMC : 17.04.2017 : GBA Business Meeting – “Retail in Vietnam – Opportunities and Challenges”

On Monday, 17th of April, GBA invited to the GBA Business Meeting five key-note speakers with background covering consumer behavior as well as multiple distribution channels such as own retail, multi-brand distribution and e-commerce to provide valuable insights into the retail business in Vietnam. The meeting attracted around 60 participants from the German community.

Pictures of the event can be found HERE >>> The upcoming GBA Business Meeting will take place on Monday, 08th of May and will focus on the recently approved Solar Decree and its related topics.

HCMC : 22.04.2017 : GIC/AHK Vietnam at the German Festival Deutschlandfest 2017 in HCMC

On purpose of popularizing Germany and introducing locals to the German businesses, economy, culture, education as well as food and beverage, German consulate in HCMC together with other German organizations such as GIC/AHK Vietnam, GIZ, Goethe Institute, VGU… had organized Deutschlandfest 2017 in the Saigon Zoo on 22nd April 2017.  GIC/AHK Vietnam attracted many attentions of young students and graduates as well as the business people.

We presented there with our hope to build bridges between businesses of 2 countries, between education (dual vocational training) and job as well as to bring Bavaria State closer to the local people in HCMC. We offered consultation meetings on-site for young Vietnamese concerning the education and job topic and exchanged information interactively with the audience on the main stage of Deutschlandfest. Many lucky guests win 4 free Oktoberfest tickets and 30 small prices during this festival. More pictures you could find here >>>

Bangkok : 3-5.04.17 : AHK Regional Meeting of Membership Managers Asia

German - Thai Chamber of Commerce (AHK Thailand) in cooperation with DIHK organised the 1st APAC Membership Meeting from 3 to 5 April 2017 in Bangkok.

The meeting was attended by 20 delegates from 12 AHKs from the Asia-Pacific Region came together to discuss informative insights as well as to exchange experience in membership practices.

HCMC: 12.04.2017: DeutschenTreff at Heart of Darkness Brewery

The popular networking event of the German speaking community and friends in Ho Chi Minh, the DeutschenTreff, took place on 12th of April and attracted more than 111 participants to the fresh venue Heart of Darkness Brewery.

Pictures of the event can be found HERE >>>

The upcoming event will take place on May 17th at East West Brewing.

Hanoi: 13.04.2017: Business Thursday led by BBGV

On 13th of April, the social networking event Business Thursdays was led by the BBGV and attracted more than 137 participants. The event is getting more popular and gains strong recognition within the business community in Hanoi!

Pictures of the past event can be found HERE >>>

The upcoming edition will be led by CEEC & EuroCham in May 2017.


European International School (EIS) Now Accepting Applications for 2017-18 Merit Scholarships

Each year since 2014, European International School Ho Chi Minh City has offered Merit Scholarships to select students who demonstrate the potential to pursue academic excellence and a personal dedication to community service. For the 2017-18 academic year, EIS will provide a limited number of Merit Scholarships for students entering grades 6 to 11, covering up to 50% of the tuition fee, along with one grade 11 scholarship covering 75% of the tuition fee.

The scholarship is awarded for up to seven years on the condition that scholars maintain an excellent academic record. EIS is one of only three IB World Schools in Vietnam, offering PYP, MYP and DP programmes, so earning a Merit Scholarship can provide an exceptional educational advantage. More details HERE >>>

Interested students are invited to complete the Merit Scholarship Application Form online.

For more information, please visit or contact Emily Cho via (+848) 7300 7257 – ext. 107 / .


HCMC, 26.04.2017: Spring cinema: Offline – Are You Ready for the Next Level

The 17-year-old gamer Jan gets ready for the biggest quest of his life – in the real world! In search of his hacked digital identity, reality and computer game intermingle. More here >>> 

Hanoi, 05 - 29.05.2017: Photography exhibition German Lessons

The American cinematographer and photographer Jamie Maxtone-Graham presents his observations of everyday life in Berlin at the Goethe-Institut Hanoi. More here >>> 

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